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It was an honor to receive the mantle of leadership of this illustrious Club a year ago as the Club’s 50th President. I stood before you, and detailed our strategic plan, goals and objectives for this year; and, I am happy to report that, despite the lingering challenges of COVID 19, we achieved the majority of our stated goals and objectives and improved camaraderie between members and membership engagement. I thank God, my Board, the members of our club, my family and friends for our varied outstanding accomplishments and for seeing us through this Rotary year.
Congratulations to our Rotarian of the Month, for the month of April, Vice President Abbi Christopher who has shown a true example of what it means to be a Rotarian and conducting various acts of kindness and serving above self.
 
Congratulations once again VP Abbi
 
 
Everyone wants to hold the child but who holds the mother?
 
In an attempt to raise awareness about maternal mental health, also known as postpartum depression. The Rotary Club of Tortola invited Ms. Sade Fonseca who was a guest speaker at the Rotaract Club of Tortola, to highlight the issues and experiences she has experienced during her pregnancy and the various emotions she has undergone during her difficult time. The presentation by Ms. Fonseca was so inspirational that she was later to be invited as a guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Tortola.
 
In an attempt to assist Ms. Fonseca to raise awareness on the subject matter, members of the club, collaborated with the Rotaract Club of Tortola, by painting the town green on May 4th, which was maternal mental health day. The event followed the theme, " Journey to Recovery" which was a fitting theme to allow the general public to not scrutinize the illness but to embrace and reach out a helping hand to those in need.
 
The trend was caught on when members of the BVI family showed their support by wearing the colour.
 
 
Water is an important component in our daily lives. It covers over 70% of the Earth's surface but eliminate it from our body, we wouldn’t last three days.
Every year on March 22nd the UN recognized this day as World Water Day and the theme for this year is Groundwater: making the invisible, visible.
Groundwater is a vital resource that provides almost half of all drinking water worldwide, about 40% of water for irrigated agriculture and about 1/3 of water required for the industry.
It sustains ecosystems, maintains the baseflow of rivers and prevents land subsidence and seawater intrusion.
Groundwater is an important part of the climate change adaptation process and is often a solution for people without access to safe water.
Despite these impressive facts and figures, invisible groundwater is out of sight and out of mind for most people. Human activities (including population- and economic growth) and climate variability are rapidly increasing the pressure on groundwater resources: serious depletion and pollution problems are reported for many parts of the world.
A World Water Day on groundwater would put a spotlight on this invisible resource, enhance knowledge exchange and collaboration and thereby increase the awareness of the importance of taking care of our groundwater.
Today, Rotarians recognized World Down Syndrome Day. This event is commemorated annually on March 21st to raise awareness about Down Syndrome.
Down syndrome is caused by an extra partial (or full) copy of chromosome 21 in an individual. Although the cause of Down syndrome is unknown, it has always been a part of the human condition.
The theme for this year's World Down Syndrome Day is #InclusionMeans
It emphasises the need for worldwide awareness and discussion about Down Syndrome, which will enable people all across the world to campaign for full inclusion of people with Down syndrome and disabilities in society.
 
On March 19, 2022,  63 persons participated in a coastal cleanup campaign organized by the BVI Rotary Family.  Together, the group collected more than 50 bags of waste including an old stove frame, car parts, condenser, large pieces of plastic etc.
 
The group covered a total of  6 Zones in the immediate area of Long Bay Beef Island as well as the entry to Mt Alma.
 
 
Our newest Rotarian of the Month goes out to Director Cate. She’s our Community Service Director and the lead person for all of the club’s environmentally friendly and colourful projects. She’s done a Fantastic job in this area and well-deserving of this acknowledgement!
 
Congratulations!!!!
 
It is unclear to some persons how our natural environment can impact our everyday lives and not realize how much of it we take advantage of its free services. This ranges from the air we breathe, the food we eat and the beaches we travel to for recreational activities. The enjoyment we get from our environment came to a stretching halt when Hurricane Irma, a category 5 hurricane swept through the Virgin Islands on September 6th 2017. The damages left from the hurricane gave the people of the Virgin Islands an urgent wake-up call as shortly after, another category 5 hurricane Maria came through causing strong storm surges and flooding within coastal communities. 
 
The Minister of Natural Resources Labour and Immigration, Hon Vincent Wheatley made a plea of wanting to plant over 10,000 mangroves within the Virgin Islands and from this, Rotary joined in this mission to accomplish this task. 
 
 
Wanting and achieving this project was two different components as we first had to understand and learn more about mangrove forests.  The club partnered with the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College to learn more about mangroves and was introduced to their mangrove nursery programme. From there, we were able to learn how they propagate and care for the mangrove seedlings until they were healthy enough to withstand various environmental conditions. 
 
 
Today, February 23 is Rotary’s Birthday. This day is also known as World Understanding and Peace Day.
On February 23, 1905, Paul Harris and his three friends started to meet in room 711 of the Unity Building in Chicago to discuss how to better the community and network with others. Rotary has come a long way, since then, but still manages to achieve goodwill, peace, and understanding among all people of the world.
 
During our weekly meeting (February 17th) four of the club's distinguished Rotarians were rewarded with Paul Harris Fellows. Distributing the awards to the awardees were PDG Delma Maduro
 
Rtn Samatha was awarded her first PHF. She received a Paul Harris pin and a certificate.